"I just got back from the Wednesday service. I must say, although I do not identify myself with the Catholic faith, being in his presence and seeing him kiss the foreheads of children in the audience brought tears to my eyes (along with other tiny elderly Italian ladies!)This was the closest I could get, as everyone was cheering, ‘Papa’ and pushing to get closer.”
38.99% Invisible Roman Mars, 39 On Being Krista Tippett
iTunes adjacencies in action.
Just love this excerpt from one of our guest contributors:
Whether that human nature be made perfect in belief of the Incarnation (in Christianity) or sincere submission to God (in Islam), we learn that this perfection is made complete with the body: with God dwelling in the flesh or with us physically prostrating. Spirituality is not just a practice of the spirit. It must engage our whole being and whole becoming. It’s not about leaving our sexuality or gender identity in the dark, undeveloped, only there as an enemy. It’s about acceptance, authentic self, and becoming better people as whole human individuals, sexual orientation included; that is, we see the possibility for goodness in it and strive for that.
The full piece is worth a read: Orthodoxy, Queer Identity, and the Need for Meaning.
A thrilling, mind-bending view of the cosmos and of the human adventure of modern science. In a conversation ranging from free will to the meaning of the Higgs boson particle, Physicist Brian Greene suggests the deepest scientific realities are hidden from human senses and often defy our best intuition:
"To me, the question of whether there are three dimensions or 10 dimensions is so captivating that it does impact my desire to live. And again, I don’t mean that in some melodramatic sense. If tomorrow we established that there are three dimensions in space, I’m not going to sort of jump off the Empire State Building. But what I mean, is that these questions about the rock bottom structure of reality do inform my life. They are not esoteric scientific issues that I leave in the office when I go home at night."
And, of course, it was closed for January. Doh! It was a pleasure having Elliott Walker and Emily Oberman visit and work with us in our new offices for a couple of days. Good things are coming!
Where would you have toured?
“You quickly learn that distractions are not just phone calls and emails. Our own mind and our longings, our cravings and our fantasies are also major distractions.”
Pema Chödrön is one of a few people that I’ve been pitching to be on the show for years. In this Bill Moyers’ interview from 2006, she makes a strong case for quieting our racing minds — and the value of powering down our electronic devices.
And, of course, she recommends meditation as a way of quieting and reopening the mind. The way she describes the process, though, makes one feel as if it’s a severe drug addiction. One I identify with all too well.